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YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 21, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a cone-skimming Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $15.40). Unhurried early from post position No. 6, he watched as slight 2-1 favorite Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) step around Jonsie Jones (Greg Merton). After early intervals of 27-seconds and :56.3, Let's Go Higher (Eric Carlson) moved from third. That one harassed the leader in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Coffee Addict dealt with that interloper, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. However, she was about to give it up, leading to a blanket finish. Robin Cruiser, fourth along the cones, dove deep inside and prevailed, whipping UF Dragon's Rocket (Mark MacDonald, three winners Friday) by a three-quarters of a length in 1:54.1. Last week's victress, Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), closed from last to grab third, with Coffee Addict and Jonsie Jones settling for the minor awards. The five cashers were separated by a length-and-a-half at the wire. It was a change of tact for "Robin," who was snapped on the money in her last two starts at odds of 3-1 and 3-5. For fifth choice Robin Cruiser, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Pinske Stables and trained by Julie Miller, was her eighth win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $125.50, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $2,243. Note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5, Saturday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,093.98 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the third of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Ducker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 20, 2014--The third of Yonkers Raceway's six Sunday harness racing matinees goes this weekend, with another card that overstuffed for overseas. Post time for the dozen-race dossier is a bit after 11 AM. Once again, the Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with the French-based audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and overflow fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). Included is the weekly trotting feature, a $46,000 Open Handicap (3rd race) where all 10 starters had their starting venues mandated. Yonkers has seen very strong export numbers during the first two matinees, with the folks in France (as well as Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta) wagering more than 2.8 million Euros (or more than $3.5 million US dollars) on the 10 races. The half-dozen Sundays, running through Dec. 14th inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (through Dec. 9th). As has been the was the case from the beginning, Yonkers is enticing both its evening regulars and the Sunday early risers with any number of freebies, including... ...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday) ...free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon (mutuel windows open on the track apron at 10 AM, and beginning at 10:30 AM at other areas of the track). ...free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire Club members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. All Empire City Bets members receive a free, dollar-box triple wager (not a "quick pick") for Sunday's third race, while selected ECB members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. In addition to Empire City Bets, several other ADW's are continuing to offer special incentives for those wagering on these Sunday matinees. Thursday, November 20, 2014—Just a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday night’s Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $3,704.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Monday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 16, 2014-Round 2 of Yonkers Raceway's "Hooves Across the Atlantic" went postward Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:17 AM), with favored Fort Valley AS (Jason Bartlett, $5) winning that event in 2:27.4 for the added distance. "Everyone seems to be getting used to it (added distance)," Bartlett said. "There's more early movement in races, and I think we have learned how to drive for it. " Even the horses seemed to have read the memo. The five races featured 54 horses and just one breaker. For the second matinee program, Yonkers brought out the big guns, as Hall of Famer Mike Lachance was on hand to lend his expertise to those folks wagering in France (as well as Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Once again, the overseas numbers were strong, with approximately $1.45 million Euros (approx. $1.81 million US dollars) wagered on the on the five "French races." (first Sunday was $1.4 million Euros or approximately $1.75 million US dollars). The week's marquee trot, a $44,000 Open Handicap, was "regular" in both starters (eight) and distance (one mile). Eight-hole assignee Rossini (Bartlett, $32), last at the three-quarters and seventh turning for home, rolled over his rivals late, winning in 1:56.1 for a second consecutive victory. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 15, 2014- Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.70) continued his roll Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $26,000 winner-over pace. Trying to leave from post position No. 4, "Mickey" was forced to take back as Rockstar Temper (catch-driver Greg Merton) stuffed slight 2-1 choice Doctor Butch (Jordan Stratton) in behind. After a snappy :26.3 opening quarter-mile and softer (:29.1) next sub-section (:55.4 half), Mickey Hanover moved from fourth...and did so with purpose. He went up and over a tiring Rockstar Temper just before a 1:23.4 three-quarters, busting it open to four lengths entering the lane. The final margin was 4¾ lengths in 1:52. Mr. Hasani N (Eric Carlson), who lost his tow from the handy winner, did hold second, with Santanna One (Jason Bartlett), Doctor Burch and Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rockstar Temper tired to last (seventh), his first loss in five tries since the barn change. For second choice Mickey Hanover, a 6-year-old son of The Panderosa co-owned by his driver, his trainer (Rene Allard) and Yves Sarazin, it was his eighth win 18 seasonal starts (4-for-5 since returning to town). The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $384. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 14, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $9.50). At the outset, it was 3-5 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) taking a very brief three-hole. She quickly took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a 57-second intermission. Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), meanwhile, landed fourth from post position No. 7. After halftime, she was making second move, advancing toward "Robin" down the backside. The people's preference initially repelled that challenge in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, taking a tenuous lead into the lane. Try as she might, "Robin" could not subdue "Sue," with latter edging by late. The final margin was a neck in 1:53.4. Set Me Up (Pat Lachance), UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) and Carolsideal (Jeff Dauplaise) completed the cashers. For second choice Rockaround Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned by Bamond Racing & Silva Stables and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her fifth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with the triple returning $189. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 13, 2014-If you answered, "3,000 pounds of elbow macaroni," you can continue reading this missive. That's because the ton-and-a-half of pasta was the exact amount-give or take a two-pound bag-volunteers from Empire City, Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York assembled for distribution during their annual visit to the Food Bank for Westchester. It was ECYR's third annual visit to the Food Bank, which is located in Elmsford, about 20 minutes north of Yonkers. The gung-ho gang of about 25, including drivers Jason Bartlett and Jordan Stratton, did all of the compulsories. We're talking double-bagging, scooping, weighing (again, two-pound bags) and packing the macaroni, which shall be part of thousands of holiday meals countywide. The newbies among the group were also given a tour of the Food Bank's giant warehouse. "We often speak of people right in your own backyard who are in need," volunteer services manager Nancy Lyons said. "Well, there are 54 organizations we distribute to and partner with that are located right there in Yonkers." "It was just a couple of hours out of my day, but I could see how much it means," Bartlett-part of the scooping section--said. "I've been here each time, and if they ask again, I would be happy to return." As for Stratton, who multi-tasked between scooping and sealing, "I enjoyed it. (Jason and I) were able to work with some 'non-racing' people from other Empire City areas. Besides helping out a good cause, maybe we can turn some into racing fans." (About the Food Bank for Westchester...Incorporated in 1988, the Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. In 2013, the Food Bank served 6,204,101 meals to Westchester County residents. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000 square foot warehouse and is home to Westchester's largest refrigerator and freezer. To learn more, or to donate to the Food Bank's Turkey Drive, please visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org, or text FB4W to 88500. Located at 200 Clearbrook Road, they can be reached at (914) 923-1100) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 13, 2014-It's "Matinee Sunday, the Sequel" with Yonkers Raceway set for another late-morning excursion across the Atlantic. After a very successful opener, the second of the Raceway's six Sunday matinee racing programs-post time 11 AM-goes this weekend, offering the same freebies and a return to "wagering normal." Once again, this Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with the French-based audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and oversized fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). The half-dozen Sundays, running through Dec. 14th inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (through Dec. 9th). With the first Sunday having proven popular, Yonkers, which had limited some of the exotic wagering options on the early races, is reinstating them this time around (triples in every race, a Pick 3 beginning in the 2nd and 4th races, a third-race superfecta and a Pick 4 beginning in the 3rd race). "Despite some first-week glitches, we were very happy with the results," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. (note North American handle for the 12-race card was just under a half-million dollars-with that reduced exotics menu early-while the French-based European number [which also includes Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta] was about 1.4 million Euros, or about $1.75 million U-S dollars). "The response was better than we expected, and our fans, both on- and off-track, wanted us to return to the wagering menu they are familiar with. "I want to again express my appreciation to all involved," Galterio said. "None of this works without the help of any number of groups, including our staff and horsemen, the News York State Gaming Commission, the French PMU and simulcast partners who have accommodated our schedule change." As was the case in Week One, Yonkers is enticing both its evening regulars and the Sunday early risers with any number of freebies, including... ...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday) ...free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon (mutuel windows open on the track apron at 10 AM, and beginning at 10:30 AM at other areas of the track). ...free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire Club members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. All Empire City Bets members receive a free, dollar-box triple wager (not a "quick pick") for Sunday's third race, while selected ECB members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. In addition to Empire City Bets, several other ADW's are continuing to offer special incentives for those wagering on these Sunday matinees. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 9, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's first of six Sunday matinees debuted with an enthusiastic-and curious-crowd, terrific weather and "beaucoup de chevaux" (French for 'many horses'...author cheated and looked). The half-dozen, late-morning starts (first post here was 11:19 AM ET) began with five trotting events, each one oversized (11, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively) , "over-distanced" (1¼ miles) and exported to France. There are the usual dozen races on the card. Included in that opening quintet was the weekly trotting feature, with a vitamin-enriched dowry of $46,000 (all 12 of the Sunday races featured increased purses). Odds-on DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $3), starting from post position No. 3, held off a pocket-sitting, 62-1 NF Happenstance (Jeff Gregory) by a length in 2:25.4 for the mile-and-one-quarter. The first oversized field trot-pared down to 11 after a defection due to sickness-was won by Rossini (Dan Dube, $6). From post position No. 10 in the second tier, Rossini, as the second choice, defeated 3-2 favorite Theraputic (Brennan) by a head in 2:28 for the added distance. "It's new for all of us, horses and drivers," Brennan said after the second race.. "It's an experiment, and hopefully it catches on. We have to try something different, and I have no problem with it. Of course, I had a win and a second in the first two races, so I'm not complaining." (note Brennan finished with two wins and a trio of seconds, while Dube won thrice.) As far as wagering went, the North American numbers were $492,926 for the dozen races, and that was with a limited exotics menu for the early races. The French figures (again, first five races only) were just under $1.4 million Euros (1 Euro is a bit less than 1.25 U.S. dollars, so approximately $1.75 million). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule now offers first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (first post 7:10 PM), and Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning at 11 AM, give or take a few minutes. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 8, 2014-Aslan (George Brennan) went from first-up to first home Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 2, Aslan was away third as 7-5 choice Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) found front, seemed comfy through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2. However, Aslan moved out and did so in a hurry. Lucan Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but was unable to stall his rival. Aslan rolled right on by, widening to a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.3. Lucan Hanover saved second over a closing P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), with Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) and Stolen Car (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For second choice Aslan, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding owned (as O'Sullivan Racing) by trainer Tony O'Sullivan, it was his sixth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19.60, with the triple returning $43.60. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the first of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 7, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by odds-on favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $3.70). Assigned outside her six foes, Venus Delight, a stone closer who had run out of racetrack in her last couple, showed some rare early foot. She left into a four-hole as Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) worked around Scandalous Hanover (Brian Sears). Cheapy early fractions (:28, :58.2) did not figure to help "Venus," as she began her second move with Campanile (Tyler Buter) second-up. Robin Cruiser maintained her lead in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters, up a half-length turning for home. In what turned out to a match race through the lane, Venus Delight stuck her tongue out on the money, whipping "Robin" by a nose in 1:54.4. Campanile, Scandalous Hanover and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn Jr.) completed the cashers. For Venus Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her seventh win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with the triple returning $30.60. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the first of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 8, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's harness drivers are big winners off the track, too. This Thursday (Nov. 13), nine of Yonkers' leading drivers-with more than 44,000 career victories and $535 million in career purses between them-are going to be among a contingent of Empire City/Yonkers Raceway employees and Standardbred Owners Association of New York horsemen to assist the hungry, volunteering at the Food Bank for Westchester. "Down to drive" are (alphabetically) Jason Bartlett, Eric Carlson, Dan Dube, Brent Holland, Pat Lachance Mark MacDonald, Brian Sears, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton. The eager beavers are scheduled to be at the Food Bank's operation in Elmsford, about 20 minutes north of Yonkers, from 1-3 PM. It's the third consecutive season ECYR has helped out in this worthy cause. The Food Bank's staff first hosts a tour of the giant warehouse, before putting their visitors to work packaging food to be distributed countywide throughout Westchester. "Helping such a worthwhile cause at the Food Bank has now become an annual tradition," Empire City Vice President and COO Bob Galterio said. "When our employees and horsemen volunteer their time, it makes it very special." "We're again delighted to be able to help the Food Bank for Westchester," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said, "We appreciate the assistance of our horsemen, the SOA staff and Yonkers Raceway management and employees. These efforts address the most basic of human needs, to be free of hunger." (About the Food Bank for Westchester...Incorporated in 1988, the Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. In 2013 the Food Bank served 6,204,101 meals to Westchester County residents. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000 square foot warehouse and is home to Westchester's largest refrigerator and freezer. To learn more, or to donate to the Food Bank's Turkey Drive, please visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org, or text FB4W to 88500. Located at 200 Clearbrook Road, they can be reached at (914) 923-1100) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway 

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 6, 2014-Yonkers Raceway is readying for the international intrigue that comes with the debut of Sunday simulcasting to France. The first of the Raceway's six Sunday matinee racing programs-post time 11 AM-goes this weekend, offering any number of handicapping variables. The Sunday cards are going to be front-loaded with trotters, with the overseas audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and oversized fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). Included in that quintet is a dozen-horse Open, which goes as the second race during the 12-race dossier. The half-dozen Sundays, running through Dec. 14th, inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (Nov. 11th through Dec. 9th). The overseas pool cannot be comingled, so the French betting won't be included here. Toward that end, Yonkers is altering (at least for the first Sunday) the wagering format for some of the early Sunday races. Race 1 - no triple Race 2 - no triple, no Pick 3 Race 3 - no superfecta, no Pick 4 Race 4 - no Pick 3. "We're optimistic our Sundays are going to prove popular," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "None of this works without the help of any number of groups, including our horsemen, the New York State Gaming Commission, the French PMU and simulcast partners who have accommodated our schedule change." As mentioned earlier, Yonkers is enticing both its evening regulars and the Sunday early risers with any number of freebies, including... ...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday) ...free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon (mutuel windows open at 10:30 AM) ...free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire Club members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. All Empire City members receive a free, dollar-box triple wager (not a "quick pick") for Sunday's third race, while selected ECB members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. In addition to Empire City Bets, there are several other ADW's which are offering special incentives for those wagering on these Sunday matinees. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 4, 2014-Yonkers Raceway has drawn the first of its six Sunday matinee harness racing programs. The half-dozen cards, running from Nov. 9th to Dec. 14th, inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (Nov. 11th through Dec. 9th) and shall offer an 11 AM first post. The Sunday programs are going to be front-loaded with trotters, as the first five races of each card-all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and oversized fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10, respectively)--are simulcast to France. Included in that quintet is a dozen-horse Open, which goes as the second race during the 12-race dossier. "We brought up that we'd like to try it (simulcasting races to France), and they have been very receptive to the idea," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "It's a new venture for all of us, and we appreciate the cooperation of the horsemen, the New York State Gaming Commission, the French PMU and our simulcast partners who are taking these Sundays along with our usual nighttime races." The overseas pool cannot be comingled, so the French betting won't be included here. Toward that end, Yonkers is altering the wagering format for some of the early Sunday races. Race 1 - no triple Race 2 - no triple, no Pick 3 Race 3 - no superfecta, no Pick 4 Race 4 - no Pick 3. In an effort to generate as much on-track interest as possible, Yonkers is doling out the freebies, including...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday)....free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon....free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire City Bets members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. Select Empire City Bets members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 1, 2014--Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $7.30) lasted on the lead Saturday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's "sloppy" $26,000 winners-over feature. Leaving from post position No. 3, Mach's Beach Boy pocketed 6-5 choice Mystician (Jason Bartlett), then went the distance through soggy intervals of :28.3, 59.3, 1:27 and 1:55.3. Mystician ducked inside and missed a scant schnoz, with a rallying Life Up Front (Jordan Stratton), McDynamite (Mark MacDonald) and a first-up American Venture (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For second choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 5-year-old Mach Three geleing trained by his driver for co-owners Jeffrey Oborne and Dan Mogridge, it was his eight win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $59.50. Note that since no one hit Saturday's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,679.39 (50-cant bases wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM (note Sunday matinees begin Nov. 9, replacing Tuesdays [beginning Nov. 11]). Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 31, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Halloween night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with scary moves-were won by a long, first-up Coffee Addict (Dan Dube, $11.60) and a start-to-finish DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.20). Unhurried from an assigned post position No. 5, Coffee Addict watched as 17-10 choice Campanile (Tyler Buter) moved around Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton). The former made the lead right at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then found a 57-second intermission. Soon thereafter, Coffee Addict moved from fifth, and did so in a hurry. She engaged-but could get by-Campanile in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Campanile held on to a slim lead entering the lane, but Coffee Addict was not quite done. That one, despite the tough trip, outgamed both the pace-setter and pocket-sitter, beating "Robin" by a half-length in 1:52.2. Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), last at the three-quarters, closed for third, with Campanile and last week's victress, Set Me Up (Brennan), completing the cashers. For fifth choice Coffee Addict, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again co-owned by Keystoners James Clarke St & Andrew Altobelli and trained by Bruce Saunders, it was her seventh win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.70, with the triple returning $406.50. :27.4, :58.1, 1:26.4, 1:55 The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 fave DW's NY Yank take it the distance (:27.4, :58.1, 1:26.4, 1:55). Nose on gate from post No. 4, he left, with Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) dropping in behind. From there, no issues at all, with the final margin a simple 3¾ lengths. Second went to a chasing NF Happenstance (Jeff Gregory), with Somebody AS (Dube), Dancehall Mistress (Brian Sears) and "Lorenzo" settling for the remainder. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he's now 10-for-27 this season. The exacta paid $28.40, the triple returned $320.50 and the superfecta paid $1,985. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM (note Sunday matinees begin Nov. 9). Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 28, 2014-Brian Sears won the 9,000th race of his illustrious career Tuesday night, the milestone coming The Way I Am ($9.80) in the fifth race of Yonkers Raceway's 12-race program. The 3-year-old Muscle Mass gelding went wire-to-wire from post position No. 3, winning the mile-and-one-sixteenth event trot by 8¼ lengths in 2:05.4. Sears began his work night needing two wins for the latest plateau. He took the $11,000 pacing opener with Wayward Son ($7.80), pacing the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 1:59.2. "It's great to win (No. 9,000) here, because Yonkers Raceway is my home now," Sears said, congratulatory sign in tow. "I'm really happy to win it for (trainer) Buzzy (Sholty), because our families have known each other for years and we grew up in the business together." Sears is the 15th driver in harness racing history to win 9,000 races. A 46-year-old native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Sears-the Raceway's defending driving champion---has career purse earnings in excess of $158 million. Prior to relocating his base to Westchester last season, Sears was the leading driver at Vernon Downs, Pompano, the Meadows and the Meadowlands. His escorts have made at least $10 million in purses in all but one of the past 10 full seasons. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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